This course provides an excellent introduction to the essential skills of Art and Design. Students learn techniques and skills in painting, sculpture, printmaking and design. They are encouraged to develop and extend their visual ideas by working creatively.  The course is designed to build and develop technical skill, self-expression and confidence in making art works. This course prepares students for further study in Visual Art, Printing, Design and Photography


Mr Barr


This course is an introduction to music. Listening, composing and performing skills will be developed. A variety of classroom musical instruments will be available and students may wish to learn an instrument through the itinerant music programme. Students taking Year 9 Music are able to work in the wider music environment of the Trident Music Academy which includes the Big Band, the Trident Vocals as well as the participation in a variety of concerts, competitions – both Regional and National. Students in the Academy are also able to advance their learning to the next level on the advice of the teachers. 


Mr Spence


Students will be introduced to a range of computing, coding and programming skills.  Computing will include keyboarding skills, digital infrastructure, how to carry out successful file management and basic Microsoft Office skills.  Coding will focus around producing a digital outcome using a number of software programmes, including Scratch and Python.  Programming will involve creating an App or website using scripting and HTML.  They will also create a 360 degree virtual reality story, which they will get to view on the VR Viewers.  In addition to this, students will get the opportunity to complete a number of online tutorials and courses that will build upon the knowledge they have gained throughout the course.


Mrs Frisby 


The Drama and Technical Performing Arts course is an introduction to Drama, Dance, and Theatre Technology. Students develop a range of skills through the exploration of ideas expressed through theatre conventions. The course encourages students’ creativity, collaboration, and compassion through working with others and exploring new perspectives.  They will have the opportunity to work in all areas of theatre both on and off the stage. Students also have the opportunity to audition for the bi-annual school production, school plays and concerts.


Mrs Robb


Japan is the world’s third-largest economy and NZ’s fourth-largest trading partner.  As such, Japan is important to NZ business and our economy.  Students will learn to: interact and communicate about personal information (greet others; introduce themselves and others; say their name, age, phone number, nationality, birthday, hobbies, where they live and where they were born) and use expressions a. to help keep a conversation flowing and b. for the everyday classroom.  Students will also have the opportunity to learn hiragana and some Kanji (Japanese Script).  The learning will be set in the context of Japanese culture.

Subject Head:

Mrs Harison



This  course which aims to help students understand aspects of Māori culture which are embedded in our Trident culture.  It will explore the school's logo, our waiata, the karakia used at the school and cover basic te reo phrases and simple protocols.  In addition it will investigate the history of the school, its relationship with local tribes and study the importance of geographical landmarks and their significance to the Māori community.  The course aims to allow students to understand customary practices used today and be confident to experience the Māori language and tikanga in a safe environment.


Mr Waaka


Spanish is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world and with growing economic and diplomatic relationships with more than 20 countries and over 350 million native speakers, multilingual people are in demand.  


In Year 9 Spanish students will learn: greetings/farewell and polite terms; basic personal information; basic description of themselves and others.


Cultural aspects will be interwoven throughout the material in the course.  Students will be assessed on their ability to speak, converse, listen to, read and write basic Spanish.


Ms Deeley


The purpose of the course is to introduce students to Te Reo Māori, the native language and tikanga (customs).  The emphasis will be on the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.  The course will also involve research on Maori history and tikanga concepts.


Mr McLean


Year 9 Sports Leadership is a course to help develop courage and confidence to lead others. Students who select to be part of this course must have a positive and willing attitude towards being involved in a range of physical activities. Being a top skilled “Sports Person” is not essential as this course focuses more on being a role model for others through participation with a fantastic attitude and being eager to learn and try new things. Students are expected to be willing to develop their Interpersonal Skills to the highest level and be willing to act in ways that offer encouragement and inspiration to those around them. Students will have the opportunity to learn about how the body works during exercise and to develop their understanding of what it means to be a leader. Sports leadership offers students a chance to demonstrate their learnings through teaching each other during class and other students from across the wider school.  Students who choose to take Sports Leadership must also demonstrate positive behaviour and skills in their Physical Education lessons. This course forms a pathway towards Year 10 Sports Leadership and also NCEA Physical Education in Yr 11.


Mrs Emery


A welcoming opportunity to provide students with the skills and tools to enhance personal well-being and manage healthy relationships, through interactive, collaborative and problem solving learning activities.  Emphasis is on applying rights, responsibilities and respect across a variety of context including sex education, mental health, nutrition and drug education.


Mrs Roper